I have much more tolerance for liberties taken for his lesser work than I do for messing with HAMLET for instance, and both these productions did some inspired work.
|Amanda Thickpenny (on the grass) as Sebastian in |
Hip to Hipt Theater Company's
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
More gruesomely, during the following scene various body parts flew across the stage to represent the poor character being eaten by the bear.
And Bruce was very good, of course.
TWO GENTLEMEN by Hip to Hip Theater Company was done in a commedia dell arte mode, very stylized, but it did very well for the play. My favorite moment was when Julia, who had been running around disguised as a boy (the first of many in Shakespeare's plays) with her long hair under her cap, suddenly whips off her hat and lets her hair down, and all the characters on stage go "ooh!" as if utterly amazed that this boy should suddenly turn into a woman. It was really funny and the audience got a huge kick out of it. Amanda played several roles, all with great style and panache.
Nice work all.